Fellowship examination

Long case assessment

Examination reports


During the course of FPM training, trainees are required to complete two long cases (with at least one in the Practice Development Stage) and a fellowship examination (consisting of written and viva voce stations). Trainees should be familiar with the format, minimum marks required and eligibility requirements for each of these important examinations.

Conditions of entry to FPM examinations

Trainees are advised that no time-keeping, electronic or audio recording devices are allowed on their person or taken into an examination room, including any pre-exam or post-exam waiting (quarantine) areas. These items include, but are not limited to watches, wrist bands, fitness trackers, timers or alarms, mobile phones, calculators, portable computers, tablets, audio-recording devices, notes, books, textbooks or other learning materials. This is consistent with other medical colleges and intended to protect the academic integrity of our high stakes examinations.
Late applications and documentation will not be accepted after the closing date for an examination. Acknowledgement of applications will be done via email within 48 hours of receipt by the Faculty, except for weekends and holidays, these will be acknowledged within 48 hours of the next working day.

Long case assessment

Trainees need to complete two long-case assessments during their training, with at least one being completed during the practice development stage (please see section 11 of the trainee handbook).

Second sitting 2019


VIC - Pain Specialists Australia

Saturday August 31, 2019

NZ, Christchurch - Burwood Hospital

Tuesday September 10, 2019

WA - Royal Perth Hospital

Thursday September 12, 2019

NSW - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Friday September 13, 2019

QLD - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Saturday September 14, 2019

Applications for the second Long Case Assessment sitting have now closed. Long case assessment criteria have been developed to assist trainees in their preparations.


Fellowship examination

The fellowship examination consists of written and viva voce stations and is conducted annually in October and November. Candidates who are successful in the written section in early October will be invited to viva voce section in late November.

Details of the examination can be found in section 12 of the training handbook. To be eligible to present for the fellowship examination a trainee must:

  • Have completed two in-training assessments (ITAs).
Structured oral viva voce (SOV) and observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) guidelines have been developed to assist trainees in their preparations.

Trainees who are unsure whether they are ready to sit the Fellowship Examination are encouraged to speak to their SoT.  Our general advise is that this is an exit level examination and that you should sit it when you feel ready. 

Venues and critical dates for 2019

The written section is a two-and-a-half hour examination which consists of 10 short-answer questions. 


Closing date for registration                  
August 30, 2019
Written section ANZCA/FPM regional and national offices

October 3, 2019

Oral section Australian Medical Council - National Test Centre
300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 
December 1, 2019

Applications and documentation cannot be accepted after the closing date for an examination. If any candidate wishes to apply for special consideration, this must be done so in writing within the timeframes set out in by-law 4. 

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship Examination have now closed.


Written venues  
Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville.  
Singapore and Hong Kong  
New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.  


Examination reports

Examination reports are prepared to provide candidates and supervisors of training with information about the Faculty examination and to assist with preparation for future examinations.

Answers provided are not model answers but guides to what might be covered.


Some answers contain more information than could be covered in the 15 minutes, but have been included as a teaching aid. The answers provided are considered current, but may be subject to change in the future.


Candidates should discuss the reports with their tutors so that they may prepare appropriately for future examinations. 

The 2018 examination report can be viewed here.


Previous years' examination reports are available within the Trainee Support Resources section of Networks.

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